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Blog Exercises: Own Your Site and Protect Yourself

I hear it every day. A webmaster, developer, or designer does the site owner wrong and the site owner is victimized, helpless, and frustrated with what to do next. I’ve gotten calls in the middle of the night from people around the world trying to get help recovering their WordPress password because their “web guy” […]

A 9 Year Old Blogger is Censored and Changes Thousands of Children’s Lives

I think of all the good that is done in the name of WordPress and blogging, and a 9 year old humbles me. A couple weeks ago, a 9 year old food blogger attracted attention for the photographs she’d taken of her “uninspiring school cafeteria lunches” in Scotland. Local officials ordered her to stop taking […]

Firefox 5 Crashes: What is Causing Them and How to Fix It

If you are one of the thousands suffering constant crashes from the June update of Mozilla Firefox 5, realize you are not alone. Literally thousands have reported on Firefox 5 crashing across all platforms, including Windows and Mac. UPDATE: The crashes were clearly not a result of problems with Firefox but with Adobe Flash. Crashes […]

Mind Blowing WordPress Plugins

In Dallas, August 29, 2010, at OpenCamp I presented “Mind Blowing WordPress Plugins.” Here are the WordPress Plugins and more features during my presentation. Let me first define what my qualifications for a “mind blowing WordPress Plugin” were, as I had to sift through thousands of Plugins and then filter down to include the following […]

Comcast Now Restricts Bandwidth Data Transfer Levels

If you haven’t reviewed the GigaOM White Paper: The Facts & Fiction of Bandwidth Caps, do it now. As of Wednesday this week, Comcast, the largest provider of broadband and DSL for Internet access in the United States is going to be restricting your data transfer levels to 250 gigabytes a month. According to Om […]

Blogs Offer Communication, Information, and Connections During Disasters

Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today just called me from Northern Louisiana to report that he and his family have survived the evacuation from their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, though Hurricane Gustav appears to have done more damage where they evacuated to rather than where they left from. Jonathan and I were both victims of Hurricane […]

WordCamp Israel WordPress Tips Talk

The following are my tips and recommendations to help you get the most out of WordPress, be it on WordPress.com or the full version of WordPress as presented to hundreds of WordPress fans at WordCamp Israel (English) recently. This is a fleshed-out version of my program notes outline, with links to more tips and recommendations […]

Monetizing WordPress Plugins

There are a lot of ways you can add ads to your WordPress blog. As part of my month long series on WordPress Plugins, I thought I’d take a glimpse into WordPress Plugins that help you monetize your WordPress blog. WordPress Plugins that add ads to your blogs may assign advertising blocks to specific areas, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Hurricane Katrina

Two weeks after my first post on WordPress.com, Hurricane Katrina sent us running for our lives away from the Gulf Coast of the United States. We had just come back after running from Hurricane Dennis a couple weeks before, so we had an idea of what we were up against. Having just ran, sat through, […]

Don’t Buy WordPress – It’s Free

No BS Launch Pad brought to my attention a WordPress “cheat” you need to be aware of. They promise many things it seems, but I really want to attack: ….they offer are very, very basic things like themes. Note that you can get all of the same themes here for FREE… …Wordpress is a free […]

When the Burden of Support is Too Great

WASABI wants it. So do a lot of other people now and then. Some say they want it, and then they change their minds after a barrage of comments helps them to understand their worth and value. Others are angry and want it just because they are fed up. Others are bored and tired. What […]

Canvas WordPress Plugin: Build Your Own WordPress Theme

Mattbator has written a review of “Canvas”, a WordPress Plugin which allows you to customize your own WordPress Theme. Canvas is a plugin for WordPress that acts as, more or less, a standalone web application that allows you to design a professional looking site without touching a line of code… …You’re greeted by a blank […]

Check Your WordPress.com Comments for Comment Spam

I wrote a few days ago about the massive comment spam attack on WordPress blogs, especially WordPress.com blogs, and how for the most part, Akismet was catching all the evil comment spam. Well, the battle is still being won, but comment spam is slipping through. A huge round of hotels, steroids, and other comment spam, […]

Who Cares About WordPress.com?

I was recently told “Oh, it’s WordPress.com only. Who cares.” Well, at last count on the WordPress.com font page, 146,000 blogs and their bloggers care. People who know better have learned that anything and everything that happens to WordPress.com blogs benefits the whole of the WordPress Community. I’ve watched as the original naysayers, people long […]

Blog Advertisements: Begging for Bucks and Clicking for Cents

Tim’s Mother Tongue Annoyances blog recently tackled a subject similar to my recent post on If I Had Ads Here, Would You Click Them?. In “Ruminations on Personal Blog Advertisements”, Tim tackles the issues of ads on blogs, specifically begging for bucks or straight advertising. Now then—what do we make of the choice of some […]

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